What’s In a Name?

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My last post in this blog has been exactly five days ago. Although I have been trying my best to make sure I write daily, it seems that a few days ago I was really busy tweaking some features on my self-hosted site LynDurante.com. And whether you believe it or not, I was working on my About Me page for two days. Well, you can tell I was really writing from the heart.

But, oh, it was a great mindfulness exercise! I was awestruck doing it. In fact, along the way I get to understand the meaning of my name and I’m loving it more! Believe me, I’m an introvert and this helps me enormously.

If you would allow me, I would like to share them with you.

Lyn is a nick name that my family calls me since I was little. Growing up, various people who come to know me have called me in different lovely names. However, it is only now that I will embrace the “Lyn” name deeply. Researching about it, “Lyn” used to be a famous name for boys rather than girls in the early 1950’s. It has a German, Hebrew and Spanish origin that has various meaning such as a tree, leader or lion-like. Later when used predominantly for girls, it was derived from the name Linda, which means beautiful. I love this last meaning of course! Because it’s something that I need to be reminded of always!

What’s more enlightening? When I googled “Durante“, it gave me a Spanish translation that writes “During“. There you go! Ultimately, I had my aha moment. I am convinced that I should start owning my story and believe that I can be of inspiration in some ways to others.

It is when I combined the meaning of my name Lyn Durante – that I appreciated it. It is “Beautiful During“. Well, it seems queer if I leave it at that, right? So I had to tweak it in a way that would also summarise my purpose for opening a blog. Therefore, I changed it to “Beautiful Moments in Time“.

This is now a perfect tagline for my Travel and Happiness Blog – LynDurante.com where I aim to share our family travels, fun memories and inspiration. I have always loved travel, photography, kids fun and all things inspirational which have also become my roadtrip back to happiness.

After going through depression for a while, unhappiness is not a strange word for me. It is only until I realised how being happy had to be a daily decision that I slowly get back on track. And truly, writing has helped me discover myself again as go over my scribbles.

Thus, from now on, I hope to be wearing a new pair of glasses and change my paradigm. I will choose happiness always everyday. I will remain thankful for all the opportunities and blessings that come my way. These two will be my habit towards happiness goals.

In fact, I got so hyped up that I consequently decided to make a logo –

lyn durante logo

This is going to be a new life mantra for me to focus on beautiful moments – perfect or imperfect.

Moreso did you know that there is one meaning of Lyn that I also really love? It was from the Welsh. And I shared it in my about page, at nearly the last part.

Overall, hopefully it makes sense more now why I am using it as my domain name. =) (Well actually, I’m just kinda forgetful and boring, thus I used my name.)

Thanks a lot for reading! Don’t forget the like, comment or share.

Lyn Durante

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Goodbye Autumn

As I say goodbye to Autumn (it is currently in Australia), I can’t help but be sentimental. I guess it’s the season to reflect that with every falling leaf comes a reminder for change. But that’s just the way it goes for new leaves to grow in time as they say.

Thus, my note to self is –

“Even if you feel rusty, always remember – You are courageous and smarter than you think. Keep love in your heart, and you’ll soon be dancing down your very own brick road.” – Jane Lee Logan

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See my full post and photos of fall! Source: Goodbye Autumn: The Partridge House Garden in Focus

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Light Bulb: Persistence

Inspired by today’s Daily Prompt, made me look something up in the dictionary. Not using the search-type-enter kind of thing online we usually do these days. Rather, utilising that one descriptive book I have grown up with, where we have to manually scan through pages alphabetically, word after word. Yes, what I meant was using the Oxford English Dictionary.

Well, before the new millennia, especially if you’re born in the 80’s or earlier, I believe that’s the stuff we do, right? There isn’t google, youtube, bing and other search engines to go to yet. In those years, information is not as accessible, compared to now that everything is by the tip of our fingers.

I remember that if I have to research on something, I need to go to the nearest library or that one we have in school. Go over the catalog, search through titles, subjects and author – data that might be helpful in the fact-finding mission. Check if the books are available. Write down the book’s location and call number. Find it among tons of books lined up on shelves. Then loan from the librarian.

So, it is but natural back then to know that if we want to search for something, we go through a bit of labor before we get that “aha” moment! Doing so, instills patience and perseverance. That one trait that we no longer use as a bridge between a question and an answer. Or in the same parallel thought as a with a dream and an achievement.

Such that, generations of today – such as my kids, when they ask something, it goes like this – “Mom, what is a gear? How to make a machine? Can we please google it and check on youtube?” Well, there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it inspires us to do something greater.

Just like Thomas Edison’s story – in finding ways to make the light bulb work, he has gone through 10,000 experiments and failures before it became a success.

On the other hand, James Dyson, a household brand for quality vacuums, said this too, “I made 5,127 prototypes of vacuums first before I got it right.”

Indeed, if we truly have the desire and are avid at something, it is but essential to have forbearance and resilience if we want to make things happen.

Therefore, let me leave you with a question while quoting Mary Kay Ash’s opinion on three different types of people:

  1. People who make things happen
  2. People who watch what happens
  3. People who wonder “What Happened?”

Which ones are you? (via Survive)

Leave me your thoughts below.

xxx LynDurante

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Rich Thinking: 7 Advices from the Very Rich and Successful Themselves

How to be rich and Successful - Lyn Durante

I can remember my brother saying “If only all people are given at least $1Million each, then everyone lives fairly and happy…no crime, no rich, no poor.” I admired his words then. But now I understand, why it is not the case. Continue reading

Our Visit to Melbas Chocolate Factory in Woodside South Australia

Melba’s Chocolate Factory is a ‘working’ tourism factory located in a heritage listed complex at 22 Henry St, Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. ‘Melba’s’ got its name from the restaurant that the owners of the choc factory used to own.

It is a heritage site because this place used to be Woodside Farmers Union’s factory which had closed in 1977. For 58 years since 1919, this site was famous worldwide for the cheese, butter, margarine and small goods produced by the South Australian farmers. However, this activity ceased in 1976. Yet, after fourteen years of abandon and neglect, Melba’s took over the former cheese factory building in 1st of July 1990.

Melbas Chocolate Factory South Australia

Visitors today find the old cheese factory transformed into a large emporium style chocolate and confectionery factory shop.

Read more here at LynDurante.com: Melba’s Chocolate Factory in Woodside SA, Review

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xxx LynDurante

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Wisdom on Life: This Too Shall Pass

These are the words from my teacher in High School that I surely will not forget. She said, “Every time you are in your low moments of your life, there’s no point in wondering or dwelling on it too much. It will only make you feel depressed. What I advise you to say to yourself is – This Too Shall Pass. Continue reading

South Australia in a Glimpse

Responding to Daily Prompt: Precipice, I would like to share here some of South Australia’s cliffs and rocks photos on some of our road trips.

Victor Harbor’s Granite Island

Granite Island, Victor Harbor

Port Elliot, South Australia

Port Elliot South Australia 2

Christies Beach, South Australia

Christies Beach South Australia

Hallett Cove Conservation Park

Hallett Cove South Australia

Port Noarlunga

port noarlunga beach south australia

Sellicks Hill, South Australia

Sellicks Hill South Australia

Hope you enjoyed the quick tour! More of South Australia here:

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xxx LynDurante

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Girl in the Mirror

Girl in the Mirror Drawing

Here is a drawing that my eldest 7 year old daughter has drawn while standing in front of the mirror. Continue reading

My Pink 6 year old Surfer

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My Pink Surfer Girl, at 6 years of age

Yes, this is my pink surfer girl! Continue reading

Who Says?

As a mother to two adorable daughters, I am humbled each day by their presence. I mean, they used to be just that miracle of life which blossomed from a minute uncertainty to vivid reality. Such that, as they grow up before my eyes, I wish I can protect them and shelter them in all ways I can. However, when they start to set out themselves into the real harsh world, it is a fact that it will be their own battle. Continue reading